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Titan by John Varley

Titan (original 1979; edition 1979)

by John Varley, Freff (Illustrator)

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Authors:John Varley
Other authors:Freff (Illustrator)
Info:Berkley Publishing Corp. (1979), BCE, Hardcover
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Titan by John Varley (1979)



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This is book 1 of Varley's Gaea trilogy and it was nominated for both the Nebula and Hugo awards when it was published, but sadly didn't win (Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre won them both). This series is like comfort food for me and I've read it multiple times over the years.

It tells the story of a NASA mission to Saturn's moons uncovers an alien artifact that turns out to be a sentient torus habitat, that once they are brought inside (and not through the front door), they find an old world populated with lots of genetically odd flora and fauna, including gigantic living blimps, centaurs and flying creatures called angels. The crew find themselves altered/adapted to this new world in a way that allows them to interact with the inhabitants, an interesting twist on how to get around the fact that alien species wouldn't automatically speak English. (I'm looking at you Star Trek :) )

Its really an origin story and a road "movie" where the commander of the NASA ship (Rocky) makes it her mission to reach the hub of the world where she believes the god/maker/controller should live and find out what's going on. I really like the "world" that Varley creates, one that seems locked in plausible science and far fetched fantasy combined.


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  mahsdad | May 24, 2018 |
A re-read of a classic.
  picklefactory | Jan 16, 2018 |
Titan looks like a world but is actually a sentient being. It is filled with marvelous places and beings. And it is lonely. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 18, 2017 |
Super fun. Didn't like the ending very much. ( )
  simonpratt | Jun 1, 2017 |
A complete piece of trash from the late 70's.
A spaceship encounters a huge thing and end up crashing on it.
An artificial world.
A quest to find the guiding intelligence behind it.
Madness, perversion and drugs.

Basically, this story boiled down to hardcore feminism, lesbians and cocaine. Oh yeah, on a self aware planetoid type thing. So if stoned lesbians being voyeured by a planet is your thing, this is the book for you. Otherwise, you might want to try something else. ( )
1 vote BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
John Varleyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Curtoni, VittorioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Freff.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hamilton, Todd CameronCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pfeiffer, Michael M.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Russo, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schichtel, ThomasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Walotsky, RonCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0441813046, Mass Market Paperback)

Twenty years ago, the Gaean Trilogy dazzled critics and readers. Now a new generation will discover that brilliant world--beginning with Titan.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:04:37 -0400)

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When Cirrocco Jones, captain of the spaceship Ringmaster, and his crew are captured by Gaea, a planet-sized creature that orbits around Saturn, they find themselves inside a bizarre world inhabited by centaurs, harpies, and constantly shifting environments.… (more)

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